As the local creative sector gains financial clout, tensions loom between art as a business, an economic-development tool and a means of personal expression.
This year’s Bele Chere will be the last — at least, the last run by the city, as Asheville City Council members agreed during a March 12 budget session to end their financial involvement. As part of an overhaul in the way government deals with arts and festivals, city staff are also studying a proposal that sets up a “creative economies” chief, instead of a traditional arts administration staff. Photo by Max Cooper.
Follow live Twitter coverage of the March 12 Asheville City Council meeting and pre-meeting budget session, beginning at 2 p.m.
Starting in a special budget session this afternoon, Asheville City Council will contemplate a possible overhaul of the way the city deals with arts and festivals. At its formal meeting tonight, Council will appoint members of the school board.
With a key position still vacant after six months, major changes could be in the works for how the city of Asheville deals with the local arts community and tries to facilitate growth in the creative sector.
Entrepreneurs and artists are gathering for the third annual Creative Sector Summit, a series of events that aim to spur economic growth in the local arts sector.
The city of Asheville has frozen the position of Cultural Arts Superintendent, vacant since the departure of Diane Ruggiero in September, pending a review of the city’s budget process. City staff are also evaluating the department’s programs to determine how to continue providing its “core services.”
The world music and arts festival in Pipestem, W.Va. (held Sept. 6-9), includes Asheville-based bands A Ghost Like Me and Brushfire Stankgrass in its lineup.
Lori Theriault of The Village Potters demonstrated throwing a pot and discussed how she left her office job to pursue a career in crafts. Theriault did demonstrations at the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands all weekend.
After 23 years making a living as a jewelry artist, Tamala Wells still doesn’t see herself pursuing any other career.
The Asheville Area Arts Council has organized a second yearly gathering of arts groups and leaders. Here’s a look at tomorrow’s schedule.
Bands include Kovacs and the Polar Bear, Floating Action, Pleasure Chest and the Decent Lovers. Vendor applications are accepted until March 22.
The tile workers left their mark on landmarks from Asheville’s Basilica of St. Lawrence to New York City’s Grand Central Station. Photo of lecturer John Ochsendorf (under a Guastavino arch) from the Fullbright website.
From jewelry to pottery, jams to woolen creations, arts and crafts markets across the region are bursting with gift ideas.
The Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts has a new entryway.
The Southern Highlands Craft Guild at the Civic Center featured over 200 craft booths, demonstrations, and live music and entertainment. Featured crafts included woodworking, printmaking, pottery, ceramics, glass, paintings, quilts, fabrics, hats, clothes, jewelry, and more.
I believe the value of the arts in society is to uplift the human spirit. Uplifting would describe my experience at the Asheville Area Arts Council Turquoise Ball, held at the Orange Peel Aug. 27. The Ball was so much more than a fundraising event. From the moment I entered the Peel, I was mesmerized […]
The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival runs Thursday, Jan. 20 through Sunday, Jan. 23. Dance, music, multi-media, performing arts, installation, theatre, comedy and more.
Asheville is facing a $1 million shortfall this year. Mostly due to sales-tax decline. Projections for next year’s city budget show a $5.1 million deficit. Mayor Bellamy says the city needs to plan how to replenish savings and asks, “We need to ask how low is too low.”